Preview: Uruguay v Russia

Date published: October 10 2014

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Uruguay host Russia in the final qualifier for the 2015 Rugby World Cup on Saturday, with the winners advancing to next year’s RWC.

Uruguay host Russia in the final qualifier for the 2015 Rugby World Cup on Saturday, with the winners to be parachuted into the toughest pool at next year’s Rugby World Cup.

Russia travel to Montevideo with a narrow one-point lead after beating Uruguay 22-21 in the first leg in Krasnoiarsk.

The winners of the second leg in Estadio Charrua will become the 20th and final country to qualify for the Rugby World Cup.

After three years, 203 matches involving 83 teams and around 3,000 players, it comes down to 80 minutes for the final qualifier spot, the winning minnows earning the dubious privilege of lining up in Pool A alongside Australia, England, Wales and Fiji.

“We didn’t expect anything less from Uruguay. We knew they were going to come out firing,” Vasily Artemyev, the Irish-raised former Northampton winger/full-back, said of the first leg.

“Uruguay are really fired up for qualifying for the World Cup. We got just what we expected.”

Raphael Saint-Andr

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